Wow, imagine one of these in your kids room! 🙂 Southern Guild, together with iconic designer Porky Hefer, will once again take to the world’s stage when they represent South Africa at the inaugural London Design Biennale being presented at Somerset House this September.
Showcasing design installations and exhibitions from over 35 countries, the Biennale – founded by the team behind the London Design Festival and overlapping with the festival to introduce a new international element to London – brings together the best national design talents to discuss, debate and celebrate the possibilities of design innovation.
Hefer’s work, all crafted by hand at Woodheads leather merchants in Cape Town, is a fantasyscape consisting of five animals: M.Heloise (manta ray), Crocodylus Eugenie (crocodile), Lolita Blackfish (lover whale), Piranha 1: Nerina (piranha) and Panthera leo (lion). Panthera leo is the designer’s self-portrait, and the only animal displaying sheepskin, rather than leather, on the outside. ‘He’s like a massive teddy bear,’ Hefer says of the first male he has created, adding to his Monstera Deliciosa, Volume I series, the title of his solo show at Southern Guild earlier this year.
Designer Porky Hefer and gallerist Trevyn McGowan will open the London Design Biennale talks programme with a conversation about this installation.
7 September, 11am
London Design Biennale
Somerset House, London